Depending on when you have agreed to give possession of the home, you may have to have all your belongings out the night before/morning of closing or by an agreed upon date post closing.  When giving possession be sure to remove everything from the home except what you have agreed to leave.  Make sure to leave the home clean, vacuuming on the way out.  Leave all manuals for any mechanical systems, extra keys and garage door openers in a corner on the kitchen counter.

The final walk through is a chance for the buyer and the buyer’s Realtor to walk through the property and make sure it’s in the same condition as it was during the inspection.  They will also have a copy of all the repair receipts and verify they were done correctly. Generally the walk through takes about 30 minutes

Here’s what the final walk through is:

  • A second chance for the buyer to make sure all of the appliances are still working
  • An opportunity to make sure you didn’t damage anything while moving out 
  • A time to make sure the property is clean
  • An opportunity to make sure repairs are completed as agreed upon.

Here is what the final walk through IS NOT:

  • It’s not a time to have the buyer’s parents, friends, etc. come look at the property or for contractors give them estimates, etc.  All of that can wait until the next day once they’ve officially bought the property.  
  • It’s not a time for the buyer to begin moving boxes or other items in to the property. That has to wait until after closing.
  • It’s not when the buyer receives the keys.  Instead, we will give the buyer’s Realtor the keys and garage door opener’s at the end of closing, or the day the buyers get possession of the property.  

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the final walk through.  We’re almost there!

Now on to Step 20: Closing Day

 

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